Con Cuong, April 2022 – Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW), in collaboration with Pu Mat National Park and Con Cuong Department of Education and Training, organized a program “One-day nature experience field trips at Pu Mat National Park”.
Nearly 500 members of the Club “Join me to protect Pu Mat Forest” and teachers in charge of 20 primary and secondary schools in 4 buffer zone communes (Mon Son, Yen Khe, Chau Khe and Con Cuong town) have participated in the program. The program includes 19 field trips continuously held until the end of April 2022, of which 15 trips are held in the administrative area of the National Park, and 4 trips are held in the core area of the National Park, where the students live and study.
The program “One-day nature experience field trips at Pu Mat National Park” is the component 4 of the “Education Program to Raise Awareness of Nature and Wildlife Conservation in Pu Mat National Park”. This component is carried out to provide more knowledge for the students and inspire the love of nature and wildlife to the members of the Club “Join me to protect Pu Mat Forest”, thereby encouraging them to become a core force who will have practical actions to contribute to effective conservation of Pu Mat’s nature in the future.
On average, there are 20-25 students participating in each trip. The field trip is one day long and is divided into 2 parts. In the morning, the children have the opportunity to visit the Open Museum of Nature and Culture and the Wildlife Rescue Center of Pu Mat National Park (through the form of livestreaming) and play exciting educational games to help students learn while still having fun. In the afternoon, students first explore the newly completed Nature Experiential Education Area at the Peripheral Botanical Garden.
Ms. Tran Thi Hoai Linh – the teacher in charge of the Club at Chau Khe 1 Primary School stated that: “After a such long time learning online and not being able to organize extracurricular activities due to COVID-19, the students really looked forward and excited to be able to participate in the program ‘One-day nature experience field trips at Pu Mat National Park’. Thanks to the visit to the Open Museum of Nature and Culture, the children got to learn about the values that Pu Mat Forest has brought to generations of people living in the buffer zone, and from which, they learn to love and appreciate nature more. As well as the students of the Club, I understand that I have a responsibility to protect my Pu Mat Forest in a sustainable way.”
Students observed nature with binoculars for the first time
In order to ensure the safety for visitors and animals, as well as to prevent COVID-19, so for the first time, the Wildlife Rescue Center guides visitors through the form of livestreaming. Students listen to stories of our Education Ambassadors to understand the threats facing wildlife. At the same time, through visiting the working space of our animal keepers, the children were inspired by the love and efforts to protect wildlife. Hopefully, the Club members will remember the Three Nos commitment and spread the message of protecting nature and wildlife to their families and communities.
Vi Bao Lam – a student of class 8A1, Chau Cam Secondary School shared after going on a field trip: “I am very happy because this is the first time I get to visit Pu Mat National Park. I like the afternoon activities in the Education Area at the Botanical Garden the most, because I can see a lot of interesting insects, and I also get to use binoculars to find animals. I feel like I’m in harmony with nature. Thank you for letting me know more about wildlife and giving me a day to have fun.”
Students enjoy tracing animals at the Nature Experiential Education Area
Tran Duc Tai – a student of class 4B, Chau Khe 1 Primary School excitedly said: “I like the games “Tiger and Deer” and “Who is faster”, because they help me review and memorize the knowledge that I have learnt previously. The games are very funny, I get to run around and be active. I love the animal ambassadors at the Rescue Center and hope that the Pangolins and the Loris in there will be able to return home soon.”
The program “One-day nature experience field trips at Pu Mat National Park ” for 4 schools located in the core zone of the park will be implemented in May 2022, as they are designed differently to suit the condition of the area.